Nick Charles, CNN’s first sports anchor, lost his battle with bladder cancer on Saturday (June 25). He was 64.
Charles, the son of a taxi driver, grew up in Chicago. He himself got behind the wheel of a cab when putting himself through college. When he got his first job as a sports anchor he was told that his Greek name — Nick Nickleas — was too ethnic. So he changed it to Charles.
Along with Fred Hickman, Charles co-anchored CNN’s “Sports Tonight” for 20 years. In 2009, he was diagnosed with cancer. In March, Charles said he hoped to make it through one more Easter, see his daughter play the piano, see his dream home completed and reach his 65th birthday on June 30. According to CNN, he made three out of four.
On Saturday, boxer Mike Tyson remember Charles on Twitter: “Mourning the loss of a true warrior. My friend & brother, Nick Charles.”